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Tillerson says US embassy unlikely to move to Jerusalem before 2020


(MENAFN- Trend News Agency ) Relocating the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will likely take at least three years, and quite possibly longer, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, reports.

'It's not going to be anything that happens right away,' Tillerson said in a speech at the State Department, reported upon by the New York Times. 'Probably no earlier than three years out, and that's pretty ambitious.'

Tillerson said last week that the planned move would likely take several years.

'This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year but the president does want us to move in a very concrete, very steadfast way to ensure the embassy is located in Jerusalem when we're able to do so, at the earliest possible time,' Tillerson said on Friday.

Listing the steps involved in moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, Tillerson said the United States needed to acquire a site, develop plans, receive congressional authorization for the spending, 'and then actually building the embassy.'

US President Donald Trump last Wednesday signed a waiver putting off any such move by another six months, hours after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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